The little things
Posted: Nov 24, 2010 in Uncategorized | 2 Comments |

One of the best pieces of advice that I have ever been given was to count my blessings.  I was told to get out a piece of paper and literally write down everything I could possibly think of that I was thankful for.  It took quite a while and I am sure that there were some things I couldn’t even think of.  We are now on the verge of Thanksgiving.  The day where each of us sit back and ponder at some point during the day those things that we are the most thankful for.  If your family is anything like mine, there usually is a point before dinner that everyone takes turns listing the things they are thankful for.  Usually, my thoughts turn to spiritual things such as, “I would be really thankful if this telling everyone what your thankful time would be over soon because I am hungry!”

Obviously, I am thankful for my relationship with God.  He loved me in spite of my faults and for that I will be eternally grateful.  I am grateful for a beautiful loving wife and for an wild, unpredictable daughter who makes me laugh every day.  I’m grateful for the best family in the world and the opportunity to work with the most gracious church in the world.  I’m thankful for the best friends a guy could ask for.  Those are obvious things.  I thought I would shake things up a little this Thanksgiving and let you know some of the “little things” that I am thankful for.

  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Watching football on Sunday’s
  • the 4th of July
  • laughing until it hurts
  • Settlers of Catan
  • bowling
  • being able to read
  • driving with the windows down and the music turned up loud
  • water parks
  • red mulch
  • weather which allows me to wear shorts and a hoodie
  • fruit pizza
  • my blackberry
  • roller coasters
  • The TV show lost
  • going to watch the Cubs play (even though they usually lose)
  • being able to take a shower every day
  • road signs that help me not get lost
  • McDonald’s egg mcmuffins
  • Dr. Pepper!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • The feeling you get when you catch a fish
  • shagging fly balls
  • it’s not a little thing by any means but I’m thankful for my health
  • Wikipedia
  • fantasy football
  • green lights
  • 5 guys burgers and fries (why does it seem like most of the things I am grateful for center around sports and food)
  • getting a card in the mail
  • going bike riding
  • painting (not artistic painting……..house painting)
  • to do lists
  • 3 day weekends
  • ball park food
  • hitting a good golf shot (doesn’t happen very often but still……..)
  • making people laugh
  • Tylenol
  • 24 hour wal marts
  • freshly baked chocolate chip cookies
  • sleeping in

One of my favorite quotes says this: “The seeds of bitterness can never take root in a grateful heart.”  What are you thankful for today?  Maybe you need to take a few minutes to “count your blessings.”  It may help you get through some of the difficult days.  I hope my list inspired you to think of some of the little things in life you may be thankful for.  Happy Thanksgiving!

With Expectancy!

Corey

corey@firstassemblywest.com


Corey vs. God
Posted: Nov 10, 2010 in Uncategorized | 1 Comment |

I was reading in Isaiah today and there was a section of verses that literally reached out from the page and slapped me in the face.  Ok…..maybe not literally.  Have you ever been reading God’s word and felt like the words on that page were directed solely for you?  Isaiah is usually not a book that people read very much.  It is fairly lengthy, has a lot of symbolism and has numerous prophetic portions that can be difficult to interpret.  One of the reasons I enjoy going through a Bible reading plan is that I make sure I read the entirety of the Bible instead of just sticking to my favorite sections.   Listen to what Isaiah 45:9-12 says:

“What sorrow awaits those who argue with their Creator?  Does a clay pot argue with its maker?  Does the clay dispute with the one who shapes it, saying, ‘Stop, you’re doing it wrong!’  Does the pot exclaim, ‘How clumsy can you be?’  How terrible it would be if a newborn baby said to its father, ‘Why was I born?’ or if it said to its mother, ‘Why did you make me this way?’”   This is what the Lord says—the Holy One of Israel and your Creator:  “Do you question what I do for my children?  Do you give me orders about the work of my hands?   I am the one who made the earth and created people to live on it.  With my hands I stretched out the heavens.  All the stars are at my command.”

I have realized that there have been times in my life where I think I have felt that I could do a better job than God.  Have you ever felt that way before?  Be honest…..:).  I think all of us have been there.  Maybe you didn’t get that job you wanted or that girl you liked broke your heart or the status of the economy forced you to live differently that you would like to.  Most of us have had conversations with God involving us attempting to give us advice regarding our situation.  So, with that logic I decided to have a little game of Corey vs. God to see which one of us truly deserves to be trusted.

God hung the sun, moon and stars – I can’t hang a picture on the wall without getting frustrated

God fed 5,000 men with 5 loaves and 2 fish – I’m pretty sure I couldn’t feed myself with 5 loaves and 2 fish

God is holy – I am a sinner

God sent His only son to die on a cross for my sins – I have a tendency to be selfish

God is faithful – I am emotional

God is patient – I am impatient

God existed before time even existed – I existed before the internet

God performs miracles – I don’t know how to change my own oil

God is the potter – I am the clay

God’s love is unconditional – Mine is conditional

God gave everything for me – Sometimes I struggle to give 10 minutes a day to Him

When I go through difficult times, should I trust God or myself more?  After looking at His resume, I think He deserves my unwavering loyalty.  Something to think about……..

With Expectancy!

Corey